Date: April 5, 2019

Time: 7pm

Location: Mobile Botanical Gardens


The Foodscape Revolution

Foodscaping is all about making the most of your available square footage while engaging the next generation. Discover how to grow the flowers and food that you love to create a beautiful and bountiful space. Learn about growing in containers and new technologies including patio friendly Aeroponic systems and vertical gardens. The best organic practices are featured to arm attendees with sustainable land management ideas while deterring browsing mammals. From having a party ready patio to a bountiful property border Brie will share expert growing tips for a successful harvest.

We can also look forward to hearing from local nurseryman and Aromi Azalea expert, Maarten van der Giessen.

This presentation is part of the Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series which is sponsored in part by the Mobile County Commission, District 2. To see other programs in the series, click here.

About Brie Arthur
Originally from southeastern Michigan, Brie Arthur studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Purdue University. With more than a decade of experience as a grower and propagator at leading nurseries she now combines her passion for plants and sustainable land management by communicating the value of gardening. Brie has been dubbed a revolutionary for her leadership in the suburban Foodscape movement and for her work with public schools across the US. She appears as a correspondent on the PBS Television show “Growing A Greener World” and her debut book, The Foodscape Revolution has become a best seller on Amazon. In 2017 Brie was honored as the first recipient of the The American Horticultural Society’s Emerging Horticultural Professional Award. Her second book, Gardening with Grains published by St Lynn’s Press, will be available in 2019.

About Maarten van der Giessen
Maarten van der Giessen attended Memphis State University and the University of South Alabama.  He worked as Assistant Manager at Cottage Hill Nursery in Irvington, Al from 1986 to 1990.  Maarten and his father, Peter, began van der Giessen Nursery, Inc. in Semmes, Al in 1990.  Maarten managed the nursery, and was Vice-President from 1990 to 2015.  In 2015 Maarten became President of the company.

Maarten has served as the 2007 President of the South Alabama Nursery Association, the 2011, 2012, and 2017 President of the Mobile Botanical Gardens, the 2013 President of the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association, and the 2015 President of the International Plant Propagators Southern Region.  He has long been active in the Azalea Society of America, from whom he received the Distinguished Service Award in 2010.  Maarten and his wife, Colleen, are avid gardeners.

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